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Key questions and trainer quotes as nine go to post for Oaks Trial

Mary Tudor will be aiming to notch another Listed win at Naas
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Irish Stallion Farms EBF Naas Oaks Trial (Listed) | 1m2f | 3yo fillies | ATR

Can Mary Tudor defy a penalty?

As the only Listed winner in the line-up, the Willie McCreery-trained Mary Tudor has to concede 3lb to her eight rivals in this event, which has had Listed status since 2013.

The Godolphin-owned daughter of Dawn Approach earned her penalty when landing the Salsabil Stakes at Navan in April and McCreery said yesterday: "It won't be easy having to give 3lb to the others but she won her Listed race well over the trip and should appreciate going back up in trip after running over a mile last time."


Watch: Mary Tudor stride to victory in the Salsabil Stakes


McCreery added of Billy Lee's mount: "She's in good form and how she fares will tell us whether we'll aim her at the Darley Irish Oaks next month."

Can Romiyna confirm the promise of her maiden win?

Along with Aidan O'Brien, Dermot Weld has dominated this event since it was upgraded five years ago and the Aga Khan-owned pair Romiyna and Hasimiyya will be attempting to give their trainer his third win in the period.

Romiyna, a daughter of Nathaniel, landed a 1m4f maiden on her debut at Gowran Park last month, scoring by six lengths despite running green after hitting the front.

Dermot Weld: is hoping for black type with his two fillies Romiyna and Hasimiyya

Weld said: "Romiyna is a very nice filly although she's still immature. She won well at Gowran and deserves to step up in grade.

"We're hoping she can earn some black type and the same applies to Hasimiyya, who ran third in a maiden at Leopardstown last week."

Donnacha going for back-to-back wins

Donnacha O'Brien, successful on Key To My Heart for his father a year ago, rides Tissiak. The jockey won a maiden over the trip on the filly at the Curragh earlier this month.

His brother Joseph, who trains the 84-rated filly, said: "Tissiak is in very good form at home and the ground conditions will suit her well.

"She's a very well-bred filly by Fastnet Rock and we're hoping she can pick up some black type."

Ballydoyle going for fourth win

Sizzling and Easter Lily represent Aidan O'Brien who has sent out three winners of the race since it became a Listed event.

Placed at Group 3 level, Sizzling was disappointing at Royal Ascot last week when she finished last behind stablemate Magic Wand in the Ribblesdale Stakes, while Easter Lily has failed to finish in the first three in five attempts this year.

O'Brien said: "Sizzling didn't fire at Ascot but she seems to have come out of the race well and we think that dropping back two furlongs in trip might suit her."

Sizzling (far side) contested the Ribblesdale Stakes last time

He added: "We think Easter Lily can improve and that the trip will suit her. Hopefully, she might earn some black type."

Can the unbeaten Espere step up?

Samasthiti, runner-up on both her starts and having her first run for John Oxx, the Ger Lyons-trained Espere, winner of both her starts, and Jim Bolger's Scriobh Nua, winner of a seven furlong maiden at Leopardstown 13 days ago, complete the line-up.

Espere and Scriobh Nua are the only fillies in the race not entered for next month's Darley Irish Oaks.


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She's in good form and how she fares will tell us whether we'll aim her at the Darley Irish Oaks next month
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